Care. Coordinate. Connect.
Care. Coordinate. Connect.
Our internal team is made up of a diverse group of professionals with an expansive range of expertise in program development and evaluation, nonprofit management, fund development, technology solutions, financial management, event management, communications strategies, and more. While everyone brings a different set of expertise, they all share one goal: to transform lives.
Christine was the Founding Executive Director of CityServe’s Compassion Network office that opened at the Fremont City Hall complex in 2007. Her passion and experience birthed a deep belief in the value of unique collaboration between the local churches, social service agencies, schools and the marketplace. In 2017, she earned a distinctive Masters Degree in Leadership from William Jessup University.
Christine join the CityServe of the Tri-Valley team in 2019 to help increase the impact on this side of the hill. Something notable about Christine is that she MUST be a part of meaningful work and/or associated with organizations that make a difference. She has traveled to 8% of the world, working with refugees in Burma, prostitutes in Amsterdam, prisoners in Argentina, taught English to monks in Thailand, built 53 homes for the poor in Mexico, and cared for hundreds of orphans in Zimbabwe. Compassion in action is her motto! Her hobbies include: Watching the Steelers play football, researching the cure for Cancer with her husband, traveling, anything to do with food (she’s kind of a foodie), and drinking lemonade!
Adriana earned a BA in Business Economics & Psychology from UCSB, Advanced Accounting Certificate from SCU and an active CPA license. She started her career as a financial statement auditor with Armanino LLP most recently served as the Director of Finance for a non-profit for 4+ years.
Other than spending time with loved ones, including her one year old, she is passionate about serving / volunteering. That is what attracted her to CityServe of the Tri-Valley. She loves that CityServe cares for people in crisis. ” To know that our team is there when some of our clients have no one else to call, that really matters”. When Adriana is not crunching numbers or sneaking in salty chips you might find her hiking or wine tasting ?
In 2007, Margaretann earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in human development from California Baptist University. Margaretann planned to be a teacher but ended up at a nonprofit called Children’s Fairyland. For nine and a half years, she helped families create, imagine, play, and learn while they made magical memories together. She coordinated over 2500 children’s birthday parties, several thousand school field trips, annual sleepover events for families. In 2018, she was hired as a half time case manager and half-time call center volunteer manager here at City Serve. Margaretann’s ability to problem solve, juggle many tasks, get creative with existing resources and desire to care for people and serve them is just the right recipe for helping people in crisis.
Margaretann is passionate about being in community with others and spending with family and friends. She also loves singing, anything Disney, photography, and road trips to the beautiful beaches of California.
When asked why she chose to work at CityServe she replied, “As a member of the team at CityServe of the Tri-Valley, it is an honor to serve our program participants, partners and patrons. Working together to care for people in crisis we meet people where they are and support them as they move toward stabilization. We celebrate the achievement of their goals, collaborate with patrons and partners to show compassion and mercy. I am so thankful for the collaborative spirit of CityServe of the Tri-Valley and other non-profit organizations. Together we are able to make positive change in the lives of those in our community.”
Alexandra received her B.S. in Psychology and Spanish. She has been working with underprivileged youth and families for the past 3 years filing various roles.
She is passionate about supporting others during hardship. She strives for all families to be able to give their children the foundation they need to grow and succeed and for all individuals to have a community, so their basic needs met.
When asked what do you love about CityServe’s vision/mission? Alexander replied, ” I love that City Serve is able to connect with local parishes and organizations and volunteers to support those in need. It is a beautiful dynamic between the call to serve and the dedication of the community.” When “Alex” is not immersed in helping our sheltered participants she can be found experiencing and learning about new cultures by traveling or on running/ hiking trails and /or visiting local state parks. She keeps us healthy!
Joseph, aka “Joe” has spent 8 years working with Fremont PD and MET team and volunteered at compassion network in the Fremont Tri-City areas. Joe is just an all-around good person with a caring heart. He has a way with people that is unprecedented, and his laugh is contagious.
Joe loves helping people in their time of need. He just loves to help people move forward and see them smiling at the end of day. He is also very passionate about sports. (seriously–he should be a broadcaster) He loves going to sporting events and is pretty much a professional dart player.
When asked what to do you love about CityServe’s vision/mission? His reply. “I love how we help people that are in need. I feel like when people are working with CityServe they will leave better and more prepared to handle their everyday life. I love how we put ourselves out there to try and help anybody that’s in need.”
Nick has a degree in Administration of Justice and a minor in Sociology. Most of his professional career was spent in Project Management.
Nick is not shy to offer a smile, hello and/or a high five! High fives are on hold these day ?
Nick has a strong faith and loves helping others. He also has a burning passion to watch Manchester United (soccer), Red Sox (baseball) going to the mountains, fishing with my family, coaching his boys in any sport, running, listening to music, BBQing, and enjoying a glass of wine.
When asked what do you love about CityServe’s vision/mission? Nick replied, “I love that CityServe recognizes the need to utilize our community members as a support to our clients/participants. Along with our other resources, these individuals can make a huge impact on the Tri-Valley!”
Tony has spent 10 years working in the Non-Profit Sector with a focus on human services; Case Management working with Foster Care and Probation Youth/Young Adults; Case Management working with at-risk individuals and families preventing homelessness. Experience with CRM’s, reporting, executive administrative support, and event planning.
He is very passionate about strengthening and protecting the operational structure; developing efficient and effective processes; healthy communication and collaboration to solve problems; supporting the team so they can focus on our mission! When outside of work his passion is baking which is nice because we love eating fresh baked items!
When asked what do you love about CityServe’s vision/mission? Tony replied, “City Serve provides valuable services that can enhance the quality of someone’s life. By caring for others, we can walk alongside them which allows us to coordinate with local resources and connect them to pathways that move them forward.”
Cailee studied biology, chemistry, genetics, and other sciences, and considered working in the medical field. However, early in her career and volunteer experiences they tended to be in social services. This, combined with her desire to serve vulnerable populations in a holistic way, led her to pursue a Masters in Public Health. This knowledge and experience help her see our participants as a whole person, even when they don’t feel whole.
Cailee’s favorite hobby is playing basketball! She started playing when she was 9 years old and has not stopped loving it. She also coached several basketball teams over the last 9 years. Her teams ranged from kindergarten to high school level. She currently plays in a co-ed league at her gym 2-3 times a week!
Cailee is passionate about serving, defending, protecting, and caring for the under-served, unnoticed, forgotten, and misunderstood. She personally knows the power of a positive influence, the difference it makes to have someone say they believe in you, how a life can be changed if someone feels loved and cared for. She is who she is today because of the people that saw her potential and pushed her to strive for something bigger despite the many factors that would leave most people believing they would never make it. She exclaims, “This is what I want to provide for others. This is my purpose. ”
When asked about CityServe’s vision/mission she comments, “I love that CityServe is a place where we can care for people. We can show compassion and empower people to achieve their goals. In my time here, I have been able to walk along people from many walks of life as they turn their life around and achieve goals, they once thought impossible. It is truly a privilege to partner with these people and witness their transformations. I am so grateful to be on the CityServe team.”
April is our creative guru. With over 20 years of administrative experience, April is equipped with a wide range of skills, which includes office management, event management, purchasing, marketing, clinical systems/software, reporting, auditing, and much more. She is computer science certified with a passion for design, and is skilled in graphic design, branding, and web design.
April comes from a family of ten, and is very shy by nature, but you wouldn’t know it as she is very friendly and a natural born leader. She has a servant’s heart and loves to help people. Since a young child she has had a connection and compassion toward the elderly. She also loves being in the redwoods, listening to worship music, spending time with family, raising French bulldogs and of course ice cream.
When asked what do you love about CityServe’s vision/mission? April replied, “I love the first “C” of the mission the most, that CityServe really does Care, everyone in the staff including the CEO gets involved and does whatever it takes to make sure people are being treated with compassion and are truly being cared for. Act of service is my love language so CityServe is such a rewarding place to work.”
AnnAlia is the voice you will most likely here when calling CityServe. She joins us to make sure those calling in crisis or to volunteer are connected well. Some of her past times include Quilling (an ornamental paper craft) as well as Reading historical fiction and biographies
AnnAlia holds a B.S. n Child Development and Family Relations and a B.S. Marketing from University of Idaho. In 2019 she also was a Graduate of Leadership in Contra Costa .
Others say that she is competent, creative, kind, caring, transparent, and genuine. Her heart is to provide hope and help to those in need so that they know they are not alone.
When asked why she wanted to work at CityServe she replied, “ I am joining CityServe to help provide a sense of community support to those in crisis. I want to be a part of the solution that helps vulnerable people stabilize and lead productive lives. CityServe combines compassion, individualized support, and community connection. They are part of the solution.”
Stephanie is a part of our prevention team that helps support those who at imminent risk of being homeless, families or individuals that are currently housed but in crisis. Stephanie loves Gardening! Anything to do with plants! She loves growing different types of plants, making plant arrangements, growing her own food, and making macramé to hang them. Her claim to fame is that she is always interested in trying new food, vegetarian/vegan food to be exact. She loves flavor and sauces. She thinks it’s a way a chef can use plants in delicious ways.
Stephanie graduated with a BA in Communication from California State University of San Bernardino and plans to get a masters to further her education, knowledge, and career. She is passionate about this job/field because she can use her skills to help others. She feels that helping others makes her better understand the world and herself more.
When asked why she wanted to work with CityServe she replied, “CityServe is unique in the way that it helps and heals the community. I love working for organizations that find a particular way to serve others and that will build me as a person and as a new community member.”
Deborah joins our intervention team because she is passionate about people and wants to see everyone live well. She has worked with troubled youth in group homes and has experience with those suffering from mental illness. She loves the idea of helping people up. Life does not come with instructions and though most people can navigate through it fairly well there can be times we can all stumble, some further than others. In most cases we can get back on track if there is someone that can come along and is willing to walk along side of us to gain our footing again she feels CityServe is a safety net for those that do not have a built in one for many different reasons and they are willing to help those that need it get back on track to living well. When she is not serving others, her hobbies include anything to do with water such as; kayaking, beach time, floating the river, swimming and sailing.
Christina received her BA at San Francisco State University and later got a teaching credential from Fresno Pacific University to teach elementary & later got a single subject credential in Visual Arts from San Jose State University. Christina is currently a full-time art teacher and is joining our team part-time to serve the community. Christina has passion for “people” – she loves talking to people, hearing their story, and wants to help them overcome their difficulties and realize their goals. She sees suffering from the cycles of poverty, mental illness, or drug use and wants to help people get out of these cycles.
In all her “spare time” (mother of four) you might find her working in her backyard, doing yoga, painting, drawing, creating handicrafts and/or interacting with her pets – dogs, cats, and guinea pigs. Her claim to fame? A big personality that is humorous, silly and outside the box.
When asked why she wanted to join CityServe, she replied, “As a teacher in schools that serve low income populations, I've personally seen the ways that CityServe pulls together resources to help specific needs of my students and their families. I really like the model that gets the city government, churches and community to collaborate to meet the needs of the community. I want to be a part of the force for good in our community and bring hope to people.”